PokerScout: "online poker market shrank by an astounding 23% in one week"

We start to get some numbers after the so called "Poker's Black Friday", and according to the worldwide online poker market shrank by an astounding 23% in one week.

Here are some numbers (courtesy of PokerScout):

The Targets -- These sites are the subject of the SDNY's legal measures:

  • PokerStars -25%
  • Full Tilt Poker -48%
  • Cereus Network -39% (UB/Absolute Poker)

Flying Under The Radar -- These sites are still catering to US players and have escaped the heavy hand of the SDNY (for now):

  • Merge Gaming Network +23%
  • Bodog +26%
  • Cake Poker Network +19%
  • Everleaf Gaming Network +8%

Safe In Europe -- These sites did not accept US players even before Black Friday, many of them having exited the US in 2006 after the UIGEA was signed into law:

  • PartyPoker +9%
  • iPoker Network +4%
  • Ongame Network (no change)
  • 888Poker +5%
  • PKR +21%

As you can see from the numbers, clearly the biggest loser of the week was Full Tilt Poker. Read the full report from PokerScout, where you can also follow how the numbers keep changing.


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